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Astragalus Chai Tea Recipe

Cup of brewed homemade chai tea with astragalus root.If you’ve ever checked the ingredients list on your favorite chai blend, you may have found yourself dizzied by the long list of herbs and spices involved. While such an assortment might take some work to assemble, this variety also makes chai spice recipes a delicious way to enjoy a whole host of beneficial botanicals in a single cup. And one of our favorite additions, from both a flavor and wellness perspective, is sweet and adaptogenic astragulus root.

There are countless variations of chai to enjoy (we offer four in our online shop!), but all contain some balance of warming and sweet flavors. Some of the essential “pumpkin spice” elements, such as cinnamon, ginger root, cloves, and cardamom, appear in most recipes (which is one reason chai is so popular during autumn and winter). This classic base pairs well with a surprising range of flavors, making it fun and easy to create tea custom blends to complement your personal tastes and wellness goals—and if one of those goals is immune system support, astragalus root is an excellent addition. *

Astragalus has been found to support immune health and help the body adapt to stress in a healthy way. In fact, it is considered the “king” ingredient in the Traditional Chinese Medicine formula known as Jade Windscreen, a blend taken for protection against spring health threats. As a bonus, it also happens to have a sweet, vanilla-like taste when decocted, which is why this delightful recipe by author and herbal educator Rosalee de la Forêt is among our favorite homemade chai blends!

Pan of astragalus chai tea decoction with bowls of spices.

Astragalus Chai Recipe for Immune Support

Makes 6 cups.



  1. Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil.
  3. Simmer for one hour.
  4. Strain.
  5. Add milk and raw, local honey if desired.

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Astragalus Chai Tea Recipe Pinterest pin from Mountain Rose Herbs.

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. For educational purposes only

Topics: Recipes, Herbalism, Tea & Herbal Drinks


Written by Jana on October 11, 2013

Jana DiSanti is a marketing writer, editor, and strategist who holds a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Sustainability. She has also earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and enjoys exploring techniques that help people change their everyday behaviors to make better use of our precious environmental resources. She's spent her career promoting businesses that strive to better the world, and she loves how passionately her Pacific Northwest community supports that mission! She firmly believes that rethinking our food systems is essential for worldwide human and ecological health, and she is thrilled to help support Mountain Rose Herbs in providing responsibly sourced herbal offerings to its customers. Off-work hours will find her hiking, camping, and mushroom-hunting in Oregon's wild areas, volunteering at her local farmer’s market, or cooking, gardening, and corralling chickens at home.

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